Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I want to go everywhere I haven't been, and back to everywhere I have been.

Monday, May 13, 2019

FLOWER BOXES OF CHARLESTON



There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


To say that Charleston, South Carolina is a delight for shutterbugs 
is a bit like saying kids will have a great time in Disneyworld.
It's kind of a "duh" statement, as Charleston boasts magnificent architecture, 
colorful residences, picturesque parks, waterfront walkways, historic charm, 
and yes, even the food is particularly Insta-worthy.

Along with all of that, something else caught my photographer's eye --
Almost every house had window boxes overflowing with flowers.
I wondered if it was a town ordinance, or something.........

Thou shalt have flower boxes!

I was a pretty annoying travel companion, 
stopping every five feet to photograph yet another window box,
but they added such charm to Charleston,
I couldn't help myself. 
Just imagine walking past these homes, one after the other,
each with the owner's individual flower box style 
perched outside the windows for the pure pleasure of passersby.

Come, stroll with me.........
perhaps these photos may help you think "outside the flower box" 
and spark some new ideas for your own container garden creations.


There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
 
There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Sometimes, the things we bring back from our travels 
are ideas to use at home.
It's a way of keeping travel present in our daily lives.
Unfortunately, I also brought home an five extra pounds of body weight.......
a daily reminder of the amazing food in Charleston.
That's one souvenir I'm hoping to shed quickly. 

I've got lots more to tell you about my recent weekend in Charleston.
Stay tuned!




There are so many flowerboxes in Charleston, SC - a sheer delight for passersby. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


COMING SOON: THINGS TO DO IN CHARLESTON


LINKING WITH:
Best Of The Weekend
Through My Lens 
Our World Tuesday







Thursday, May 2, 2019

PHOTO DIARY APRIL 2019: SPRINGING TO LIFE




April Photo Diary 2019 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


I've been laying low in the blogosphere this month.
Not intentionally........it's just been an exceptionally busy month.
I split my time among three states........

Euphoria
Flux
Anxiety 

Oh, and New Jersey, New York, and Florida.

Yup, the month was hectic.

Among the highlights:

We celebrated our 25th Anniversary! 💝💝

We saw Network, an amazing Broadway show with Bryan Cranston.

The fundraiser that I organized for my synagogue was attended by over 200 people.

We took a quick trip to Florida.

I hosted the first night of Passover.

We went to visit Junior Goo Shoes at school. 

Game of Thrones returned! 

And..........

I finally met a blog friend I've admired for years --
Suzan from Simply Vintageous!
Suzan is from Montreal, and on her recent trip to NYC 
to celebrate a big birthday, we met for lunch.
Yes, there was a picture, but I'm honoring her request not to post it.
Suzan doesn't blog anymore, but she is quite active on Instagram.
Check out her incredible photos and mini-stories here.  

And now, I'm off to catch a flight to Charleston 
for a girls' weekend to celebrate my sister's birthday!



A perfect view of Jr. Goo Shoes' campus from high atop a mountain.

April Photo Diary 2019 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Crossing under the Pershing Square viaduct across from Grand Central Central.

Pershing Square Viaduct, Grand Central Station | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Finches made their way back to NJ.

April Photo Diary 2019 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes



This happened one morning at the salon. 

April Photo Diary 2019 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Not quite the greeting we had hoped for on a quick trip to Florida.........

April Photo Diary 2019 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Things improved after that.  

Florida | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Florida | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


A buffet of dog toys: bagel with cream cheese, ice cream cone and hotdog with mustard.

April Photo Diary 2019 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Using the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's very own Passover Haggadah at our seder.

April Photo Diary 2019 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Pretty houses all in a row in New York City.

New York City | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Celebrated our 25th Anniversary at Network. Bryan Cranston was a-MAY-zing!

Network with Bryan Cranston | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Sometimes you need a hot pretzel for lunch.

NewYork City | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Spring is springing in the Big Apple.

NewYork City | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


It's not a photo diary without The Cardinal. Can't resist photos of him next to his faux twin.

The Cardinal: April Photo Diary  | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


"Summer In A Bottle" disappears from the shelves faster than daylight in winter, so I snagged it when I saw it.

Summer In  A Bottle Rose - Wolfer Estates, The Hamptons | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Where does Sadie begin and end?

April Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Upper East Side sleak and chic (and teak?) eatery, East Pole Fish Bar.

East Pole Fish Bar, NYC  | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Feeling nostaglic about my office on W. 42nd Street for over 20 year (circled). The building is now empty as HBO moved this month to NYC's trendiest new address, Hudson Yards.

HBO and Grace Buildings, New York City | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


That's a wrap.
Till next time........





Wednesday, April 24, 2019

TRAVEL THROWBACK: AMSTERDAM'S KEUKENHOF GARDENS







Tulip season in Keukenhof Gardens just outside of Amsterdam is one of the world's loveliest sights! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


"There are places I'll remember......"

For some reason, I've been humming that tune for the last few days.
I'm not sure how or why it popped into my head,
but it's actually apropos as I think about our visit to Keukenhof Gardens 
during tulip season eight years ago. 
Memories of exploring this glorious park outside of Amsterdam haven't faded; 
in fact, they're as vivid as the colorful riot of blooms
which blanket the grounds. 

Tulip season in Keukenhof Gardens just outside of Amsterdam is one of the world's loveliest sights! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


I'd like to say that it was cleverly intentional on my part 
to plan our trip to Amsterdam during tulip season,
but, nope, it didn't even occur to me.  
There was no flexibility in our travel dates........
we went during Junior Goo Shoes' spring break from school.
The fact that we ended up in the Netherlands during peak tulip time 
just happened to be a lucky coincidence.


Tulip season in Keukenhof Gardens just outside of Amsterdam is one of the world's loveliest sights! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes



Seeing Keukenhof Gardens in full bloom, if I might humbly opine,
has got to be one of the most lovely sights the world has to offer. 

Tulip season in Keukenhof Gardens just outside of Amsterdam is one of the world's loveliest sights! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Tulip season in Keukenhof Gardens just outside of Amsterdam is one of the world's loveliest sights! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


I'd go as far as calling it one of the wonders of the world.......
okay, not one the top seven, 
but certainly high up there on the "Wonder" wheel.
Perhaps most spectacular of all was the rainbow panorama 
of endless tulip fields growing outside the park.
It was Flower Power to the nth degree.

Tulip season in Keukenhof Gardens just outside of Amsterdam is one of the world's loveliest sights! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


When I planned this family excursion to the park,
I was more than a little concerned that Junior Goo Shoes 
would be bored out of his 11-year old mind;
and frankly, I wasn't so sure about Mr. Goo Shoes' interest level, either.
I'd have bet the farm that after half an hour of tiptoeing through the tulips, 
I'd be hearing, "Are we done yet?" in stereo.
But, to my surprise.......and delight.......my boys were enthralled!

Tulip season in Keukenhof Gardens just outside of Amsterdam is one of the world's loveliest sights! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Tulip season in Keukenhof Gardens just outside of Amsterdam is one of the world's loveliest sights! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Tulip season in Keukenhof Gardens just outside of Amsterdam is one of the world's loveliest sights! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


After miles of walking through the park, we worked up an appetite, 
and stuffed our faces with Dutch treats, like stroopwafels and poffertjes, 
readily available at the park's kiosks.

If you know me, joy of travel is equal parts sightseeing and eating. 
Okay, 60/40, with food getting a slight edge. 
Hey, if the wooden shoe fits.......

Tulip season in Keukenhof Gardens just outside of Amsterdam is one of the world's loveliest sights! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Or not. 

Surely, I jest.

Seriously, the essence of why one travels is
to see things we can't see at home, 
like medieval architecture, or other-worldly natural landscapes.
In this case, it was a floral razzle-dazzler of epic proportions. 

Tulip season in Keukenhof Gardens just outside of Amsterdam is one of the world's loveliest sights! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Tulip season in Keukenhof Gardens just outside of Amsterdam is one of the world's loveliest sights! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes



Sometimes, we need pictures to remind us of what we've seen,
 and then, there are those gems that are etched into our memories forever. 
Keukenhof Gardens in tulip season is such a place. 

Tulip season in Keukenhof Gardens just outside of Amsterdam is one of the world's loveliest sights! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


 "There are places I'll remember...........
In my life, I've loved them all."
 

Tulip season in Keukenhof Gardens just outside of Amsterdam is one of the world's loveliest sights! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes